Virtanen, Canucks upend Pens

VANCOUVER, British Columbia — The Vancouver Canucks shut down the Pittsburgh Penguins in the first period, and that set the stage for a dominating win.

Jake Virtanen and J.T. Miller scored power-play goals in the first and the Canucks held Pittsburgh without a shot in the period on the way to a 4-1 win on Saturday night.

Elias Pettersson and Brock Boeser also scored for the Canucks (18-15-4). Tyler Myers had two assists.

“We came out, feeling good going into this game,” said Miller, who scored what proved to be the winner with three minutes left in the opening frame. “I thought we had the right start.

“Obviously, they didn’t get a shot in the first period, so you can’t get a better start than that.”

“First period was great,” said goaltender Jacob Markstrom, who made 28 saves in the game’s final 40 minutes. “We had some power plays and scored two goals and didn’t let one shot on net and kept them outside through the first period.”

Jake Guentzel scored for the Penguins (21-11-4).

Matt Murray, making his first start since Dec. 7, stopped 10 shots for Pittsburgh.

“It feels like forever since I played, but like I said, it is what it is,” Murray said. “I thought we got a little bit unlucky there in the first period with some of those calls. That’s a tough situation to be in, taking all those penalties, but we did our best and we tried to battle through it. If we had a better first period, I think we would have had a better chance.”